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Document ID (ISN)109569
CIS number 09-539
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Aasmoe L., Bang B., Egeness C., L°chen M.L.
Title Musculoskeletal symptoms among seafood production workers in North Norway
Bibliographic information Jan. 2008, Vol.58, No.1, p.64-70. 21 ref.
Internet access http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/58/1/64 [in English]
Abstract The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints among production workers in seafood industries in North Norway and to analyse associations between musculoskeletal symptoms and possible risk factors in the seafood industry. A total of 1767 employees in 118 seafood-processing plants responded to a questionnaire on working conditions and health aspects. Musculoskeletal symptoms were found among the majority of production workers in the whitefish, shrimp and salmon industry, the highest prevalence being among female workers. The main difference between types of seafood industries was the high prevalence of symptoms from wrist/hands in the salmon industry. Cold work was an important risk factor for musculoskeletal symptoms.
Descriptors (primary) Norway; fish; food industry; conditions of work; risk factors; musculoskeletal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; symptoms; hand; cervicobrachial syndrome; backache; cold storage; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; sex-linked differences; cold workplaces; frequency rates; wrist
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Food industry
Animal hazards